Drake Admission RequirementsDes Moines, Iowa
Chances of getting into Drake University
|Admission Standards||Very High|
How hard is it to get into Drake and can I get accepted? The school has a 68% acceptance rate ranking it #15 in Iowa for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,659 out of 6,886 applicants were admitted making Drake a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 30 percent. Drake University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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Drake SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT19%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||580|
|SAT Math 25th||560|
|SAT Composite 25th||1140|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||680|
|SAT Composite 75th||1360|
|Average SAT Score||1250|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Drake University?
Drake University typically requires applicants to be in the top 34 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1250 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average SAT composite score. 19 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1360 and Above||Good||>78%|
|1250 to 1360||Avg +||68%-78%|
|1140 to 1250||Avg -||56%-68%|
|1030 to 1140||Reach||42%-56%|
|Less than 1030||Low||<42%|
Drake ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT77%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||23|
|ACT Math 25th||23|
|ACT Composite 25th||24|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||31|
|ACT Math 75th||28|
|ACT Composite 75th||30|
|Average ACT Score||27|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Drake?
Admission data indicates that Drake regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 77 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Drake University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|30 and Above||Good||>78%|
|27 to 30||Avg +||68%-78%|
|24 to 27||Avg -||56%-68%|
|21 to 24||Reach||42%-56%|
|Less than 21||Low||<42%|
Avg. High School GPA3.7
Typical High School GradesA-
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Drake University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Drake University was 3.7 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Iowa for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Drake accepts 68% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||19%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.50||11%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.25||7%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||5%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||1%||Reach|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
73% of Drake University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||44%|
|Top 25% of class||73%|
|Top 50% of class||95%|
|Bottom 50% of class||5%|
|Bottom 25% of class||0%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||17%||15%||16%|
What are the requirements for admission to Drake University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=153269 IPEDS survey data for Drake University.
Frequently Asked Questions
19% of students submit their SAT scores to Drake. 77% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
68% of those who apply are granted admission to Drake. Admission competition is low and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1360. 19% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.